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Challenge: Spiders (Standard Editing)
Collection: 2021-2022 - CHALLENGES & outtakes etc
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm 1:2.8 Macro
Date: Jun 8, 2022
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Macro, Insects, etc
Date Uploaded: Jun 8, 2022

this challenge was announced and i thought awesome ..
two weeks to get a shot .. no worries ..

literally a couple of days after this challenge was announced we had a cold snap with freezing temps and i wasn't able to find any spiders .. added to that with winds up to 60km/h = 37miles/hr .. would have been almost impossible to photograph them in the grass waving around so much ... those conditions continued for the entire two weeks leading up to voting ..

i went into the grass the day before this challenge went in for voting thinking positive .. was still extremely windy .. and still very cold ..

saw what i thought was a spider's web .. got down and noticed this incredibly small spider .. probably less than 2mm .. thats less than 1/8" .. wouldnt have seen him except for the web .. felt getting a keeper would be a miracle considering the wind, my equipment and how tiny he was ..

this is definitely not one of my best .. but felt i should enter the challenge .. how often does an insect macro challenge come up in the right season for me .. altho this was definitely not the right season .. we've just gone into winter with a bang .. !! ..

ps. what i found weird is that here's this tiny tiny spider .. looks almost newborn considering it was nearly translucent in real life .. and yet there arent any bigger spiders to be seen .. you'd think it would be the other way around ... wouldnt a larger spider cope better with the elements than one so incredibly tiny .. ??
nature is amazing and sometimes confusing .. ;)

pps.. just googled the weather as i felt this was a very unusual start to winter ..
its like good luck photographing spiders ...!!.. ;)

"A winter blast continues to sweep through New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, bringing snowfall and gusty winds.
Strong wind warnings are in place today from the NSW Mid North Coast right down to the Eden Coast near the Victorian border.
Damaging winds averaging 80km/h to 90km/h with peak gusts up to 130km/h are bringing blizzard-like conditions and fresh dumps of snow to the alpine areas."

Statistics
Place: 4 out of 14
Avg (all users): 7.0294
Avg (participants): 6.8571
Avg (non-participants): 7.0741
Views since voting: 135
Views during voting: 81
Votes: 34
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0


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06/23/2022 12:23:20 PM
I found a huge spider after days of hunting for one! Of course... that was after voting had started.

You still beat me and I had great weather. LOL!

well done, Roz!
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06/18/2022 11:38:54 PM
Even in killer weather, you’re able to kill it with this type of photography! I was cold just reading your description - and we’re at 100-degrees and higher every day now! Great JOB!!!
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06/17/2022 09:22:38 PM
This was my top pick. It's a gorgeous shot. Congrats on the HM.
I haven't seen a spider in yonks. They must be hibernating in Victoria.
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06/17/2022 01:24:48 AM
Your "not best" would be the best if I tried...
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06/17/2022 12:12:44 AM
Second third and fourth was so close Roz, it’s a shame the challenge came at a bad time for you. But you still did an excellent job, I love the clarity of the water drops.
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